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Sunday, February 26, 2023

New All-Inclusive Brands join Hyatt

I'm always interested when programs expand offerings since it gives travelers more options for stays and redemptions.  I recently received an email about Hyatt once again expanding their portfolio - great news for new properties!

Link for more info is here: https://world.hyatt.com/content/gp/en/landing/new-brands.html

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

New Hyatt Promo 2023 - Bonus Journeys

Bonus Journeys is back!  Hyatt is once again offering a promo for the first part of 2023, and I'm looking forward to taking part in the coming weeks.  Effective dates are March 20 and May 26.

Some details: Earn 3,000 Bonus Points every two qualifying nights, up to 30 nights, during the promotion period, starting with your second eligible stay at 1,200+ hotels worldwide across 25+ brands—including participating Andaz, Park Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Thompson Hotels and more.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Island Hopper planning

I've got quite a few places on my travel bucket list, and one of them seems fairly straightforward - the United "Island Hopper".  For those who don't know, this is a special service in place by United to provide supplies and access to several remote islands in the Pacific.  There is a great article about it here if interested.  

Finding the time needed for this is one challenge - the other is the relative cost of points or miles if available.  Since you need to fly and cross the international date line, you lose then gain hours back if departing from the west coast.  And since the Island Hopper only flies on certain days, you have to make sure there is space for connections and the turn.

Here's an example of what you'll find when you search for this special trip on United.com:

It will be quite the day after visiting all the islands!  I'm hoping that I can find a scheduling option that works. 

Friday, February 3, 2023

New Marriott Promo 2023 - Points and Bonus nights

Marriott has released their first 2023 promotion and it includes additional bonus points as well as night earning credit:

  • Register now, then earn from February 7 through April 23, 2023. Registration ends April 9, 2023.
  • Get 1,000 bonus points and 1 additional Elite Night Credit on each eligible paid night — all with no earning limits.
  • Achieve Elite status and elevated benefits faster with twice the Elite Night Credits.

I don't find this to be as lucrative as the promotions I typically see from Hyatt, though it's great to see no earning limits!